A North Carolina man believed to be homeless was killed after being struck by at least three cars as he walked along a roadway in western North Carolina. The victim was reportedly dragged for five miles following the initial collision, inflicting serious injuries that ultimately lead to his death.
Police are unsure what may have caused the accident but believe poor weather conditions were likely a factor. "Because of the rain, it's hard to see," explained a representative with the Traffic Safety Unit.
Investigators say they have identified three vehicles they claim struck the victim and have requested witness information on a fourth car that may have hit the man before pulling off onto the other road. They believe that vehicle was a small white car. It is unclear whether any family members or friends plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased victim.
Police say the accident occurred at around 7 p.m. when the first vehicle struck the victim and proceeded to pull to the side of the road. However, the man was hit by at least two other vehicles before the first driver could exit his or her vehicle.
The victim reportedly became lodged beneath the final vehicle, which proceeded to drag him for approximately four miles before pulling into a parking lot. Police say that the driver was not aware of the man and believed her car had a flat tire.
Police say the area where the accident happened was poorly lit and had a speed limit of 45 miles per hour. However, they are unsure whether any of the drivers may have been speeding and have yet to recommend charges for any of the parties involved.
Investigators say the accident created the largest crime scene they have seen in many years. Officers remained at the crash site for almost four hours after the accident.
Source: Citizen-Times, "Pedestrian dies in Asheville accident," Romando Dixson, Jan. 15, 2012